Watch: Two Pro-Shot Slipknot gigs from 1999

If you were a metal fan between 1999 and 2001, it almost became impossible to avoid Slipknot for a while. Their debut album gained the band a truckload of magazine coverage and around the turn of the millennium, they became a massive draw at festivals.

Their appearance at the UK leg of the Ozzfest in 2000 was unforgettable, with Corey Taylor demonstrating complete control over a huge crowd and an immense energy coming from the stage. A huge part of the sound always came from Joey Jordison’s powerhouse drumming. At their peak, he and Chris Fehn’s abilities to lock into a pneumatic groove were almost without compare.

There are a thousand reasons why the band became so beloved in front of a live audience from a very early stage – not least of all Sid Wilson’s tendencies for being…unpredictable, but the Slipknot juggernaut wouldn’t have been the same, and isn’t the same, without founding member Jordison’s huge contributions.

Joey left us at the young age of 46, with so much more to give. We can think of no better way to remember him than by revisiting some early performances. Join us as we step back in time with two professionally filmed Slipknot gigs promoting their massive self-titled breakthrough album.

Rest in peace, #1.